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Welcome to the Michigan Census Research Data Center. 

The Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC) is a joint project of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the University of Michigan to enable qualified researchers with approved projects to access unpublished Census data in order to conduct research that benefits Census Bureau programs.  Learn More


News and Events


2015 Federal Statistical Research Data Center Annual Conference

The 2015 FSRDC Annual Conference will be held at the Li Ka Shing Conference Center at Stanford University on Friday, September 18, 2015.  The 2015 Conference will be hosted by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.  The one-day program will showcase research from the nationwide network of RDCs.

https://sites.stanford.edu/researchdatacenter/


1st International FDZ Data User Workshop

The first international conference on analysis of the German Social Security data available via the IAB FDZ will be held here at ISR in Ann Arbor on October 23-24, 2015.  David Card (Berkeley) will give the key note address.

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Federal Statistical Research Data Centers

The US Census Bureau in partnership with federal statistical agencies and leading research institutions is pleased to announce that the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy approved the rebranding of the Census RDCs as the Federal Statistical Research Data Center program in January 2015.  The FSRDCs will be managed by the Census Bureau and housed in the same secure facilities.   This is an exciting time as the rebranding marks the beginning of the addition of new non-public data from a variety of federal partners.

Additional information can be found on the FSRDC website:

http://www.census.gov/fsrdc


NSF Census Research Network Michigan Node website is now live

The Michigan node of the NSF-Census Research Network now has a website: http://ebp-projects.isr.umich.edu/NCRN/ 


Positions for Economists at the Census Bureau 

The Center for Economic Studies (CES) has announced openings for Economists.

Position Information


RDC Network Expansion

We are pleased to announce the National Science Foundation has awarded grants for the development of two new Research Data Centers. The new Research Data Centers (RDCs) will be located in Kansas and Nebraska.

Kansas City RDC

  • Location: Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Consortium: University of Kansas, Kauffman Foundation, University of Missouri, Columbia, and Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.

Central Plains RDC

  • Location: University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
  • Consortium: University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of South Dakota, and University of Iowa.

These two new RDCs, along with a new Yale University branch of the NYC RDC, will be built and open by fall 2015. The network currently hosts about 600 researchers working on about 180 active projects in 17 locations (with an additional location to be completed soon). For more information on the RDC network, please see http://www.census.gov/ces/rdcresearch/.

New Data and Data Updates

2013 Longitudinal Business Database (LBD)

  • A new version of the Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) will be made available on August 21st, 2015 to approved projects that are authorized to use these data. This new version will include updates for LBD 1976 to LBD 2012 as well as the new LBD 2013. 

2010 Decennial Census for Island Area

  • CES is pleased to announce that the 2010 decennial census for island area data and documentation are available now to approved projects that are authorized to use the data in the Research Data Centers.
  • In addition to the 50 states and District of Columbia, the U.S. Census Bureau also conducts censuses and surveys in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These areas are collectively referred to as the "Island Areas".  Census and survey operations are conducted in cooperation with the governments of the Island Areas and frequently include modifications to the questionnaires to help the local and federal governments better understand the populations being counted. CES has a separate HDF (hundred percent detail file) for each of the Island Areas from the 2010 decennial census.

2012 Commodity Flow Survey

  • CES is pleased to announce that the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) data will be available to approved projects that are authorized to use the data in the Research Data Centers on 08/18/2015.
  • The Commodity Flows Survey (CFS) captures sample data on shipments originating from selected types of business establishments located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information requested includes the following information about their establishment's shipments: domestic destination or port of exit, commodity, value, weight, mode(s) of transportation, the date on which the shipment was made, and an indication of whether the shipment was an export, hazardous material, or containerized. For shipments that include more than one commodity, respondents are instructed to report the commodity that makes up the greatest percentage of the shipment's weight. For exports, the respondent is asked to provide the mode of export and the foreign destination city and country. For hazardous materials shipments, the corresponding UN/NA code is collected.

1950 Decennial Census Public Use Microdata Sample

  • CES is proud to announce that an internal version of the 1950 Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) file will be available on 7/28/2015 to qualified researchers working on approved projects. The 1950 PUMS is a 1% sample that was produced in the 1980s in a collaboration between the Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology and the Census Bureau. The internal version of the 1950 PUMS combines three files into one: 1) the original 1950 PUMS that was released to the public, 2) the IPUMS version of this dataset with its harmonized coding, and 3) the original data entry files recovered from the Unisys mainframe, which contain detailed geography and the original alpha string entries for fields like birthplace and occupation. The original data entry files also contained respondents' surnames but while all names have been stripped from the merged file, information about similarity of surnames within a household and whether or not the respondents had a Hispanic surname is included in the file. This dataset extends the coverage of decennial census data available for research from 1950 to 2010, and two decennial census microdata files available in the RDCs, 1950 and 1960, contain harmonized coding.

2011 National Logitudinal Mortality Study

  • An updated version of the National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS) data will be available to approved researchers and authorized projects in the Research Data Centers on 7/22/2015. The NLMS is a database developed for the purpose of studying the effects of demographic and socio-economic characteristics on differentials in U.S. mortality rates. The NLMS is a unique research database in that it is based on a random sample of the non-institutionalized population of the United States. It consists of U.S. Census Bureau data from Current Population Surveys, Annual Social and Economic Supplements and a subset of the 1980 Census combined with death certificate information to identify mortality status and cause of death. The study currently consists of approximately 3.8 million records with over 550,000 identified mortality cases. The content of the socio-economic variables available offers researchers the potential to answer questions on mortality differentials for a variety of important socio-economic and demographic subgroups not covered as extensively in other databases. This project has generated over 90 publications in various prominent scholarly, scientific and public health related journals. The latest version of the NLMS is matched to National Death Index (NDI) records through 2011.

2014 MEPS-IC Private List Sample Datasets

  • CES is pleased to announce that the 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) private list sample datasets is available now to approved projects authorized to use these data in the Research Data Centers. 
  • The 2014 MEPS-IC data include separate files for private sector employers, characteristics of health plans offered, nonresponse data, and remarks.

1990 Content Reinterview Survey

The 1990 Content Reinterview Survey (CRS) is available now for the approved and authorized projects in Research Data Centers.

The Content Reinterview Survey was designed to provide estimates of response bias and simple response variance associated with many of the questions asked in the 1990 census. A reinterview survey involves selecting a sample of housing units which were originally enumerated in the census, then conducting a second interview with these same households. Using a more detailed questioning sequence than in the original enumeration, comparisons of data items are made at the address level for housing characteristics and at the person level for population characteristics. Only response errors are evaluated in the CRS. Response errors are those that come from erroneous or unreliable reporting of the characteristics, resulting in the assignment of a housing unit or a person to an incorrect category in a classification system. The 1990 Content Reinterview Survey microdata file contains roughly 28,000 individuals in 11,000 households.

1960 Decennial Census Sample Microdata File

  • CES is proud to announce that a restored version of the decennial census sample microdata file from the 1960 census is now available to qualified researchers working on approved projects. In 1960, one out of every four households was given a "long form" that asked an additional set of questions about household and individual characteristics. The 1960 census, then, was not only the first census to sample households, but at 25% was also the densest sample ever taken on a decennial census. When this dataset was first recovered from the Census Bureau's mainframe, about 250,000 person records were missing from the file. Through a collaborative effort between the Census Bureau, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Minnesota Population Center, and funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, the missing information was recovered by digitizing the microfilmed FOSDIC-encoded enumeration forms. This restored dataset extends the coverage of decennial census data available for research from 1960 to 2010.

Current Population Survey Fertility Supplement for Year 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012

  • The Current Population Survey (CPS) Fertility Supplement files are available to approved and authorized projects in the Research Data Centers on June 11th, 2015. This supplement is administered every other year and we have received data from 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.​
  • The Current Population Survey is a monthly labor force survey of about 70,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every other year, women aged 15-44 in these the households are asked a series of questions about fertility. This supplement provides data on the number of children that women aged 15-44 have ever had and the children’s characteristics.

 

2002-2013 Report of Organization Survey (COS)

  • The Report of Organization Survey (formerly known as Company Organization Survey; COS) micro data files for 2002 through 2013 will be available on May 12, 2015 to approved projects that are authorized to use these data in the Research Data Centers.​
  • The Report of Organization Survey is used to update the Census Bureau's list of businesses and provides key source data for County Business Patterns and other statistical series. The coverage of this survey are all companies with payroll, and their establishments, except companies engaged exclusively in agricultural production. The data from this survey is used to maintain up-to-date company affiliation, location, and operating information for establishments of multi-establishment companies listed in the Census Bureau's Business Register. This information allows full coverage of companies which account for a disproportionately large share of business activity. The Business Register is integral to conducting, processing, and completing most Census Bureau surveys and censuses of U.S. business organizations. 

 

2013 Service Annual Survey

  • The 2013 Services Annual Survey microdata files will be available on May 7th, 2015 to approved projects that are authorized to use these data in the Research Data Centers.​
  • The Services Annual Survey provides estimates of revenue and other measures for most traditional service industries. The survey collects data from companies whose primary business or operation is to provide services to individuals, businesses, and governments. Collected data include operating revenue for both taxable and tax-exempt firms and organizations; sources of revenue and expenses by type for selected industries; operating expenses for tax-exempt firms; and selected industry-specific items. The Service Annual Survey provides the only source of annual receipts estimates for the service industries. 

 

Current Population Survey (basic) January 2001 to June 2011 microdata

  • The Current Population Survey (CPS) January 2001 to June 2011 (basic) monthly microdata files will be available for the approved and authorized projects in the Research Data Centers on April 24th, 2015.
  • ​The CPS is a monthly labor force survey of about 70,000 households. The CPS is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. The CPS is the source of numerous high-profile economic statistics, including the national unemployment rate, and provides data on a wide range of issues relating to employment and earnings. The CPS also collects extensive demographic data that complement and enhance our understanding of labor market conditions in the nation overall, among many different population groups, in the states and in substate areas.

 

2013 American Community Survey Five-Year Data

  • CES would like to announce that the new 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year datasets is available on April 20th, 2015 via the Research Data Centers to approved and authorized projects. The ACS 2013 files are organized by state, with household- and person-record files for every state and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico. Comprehensive national files are also available for each record type. A number of documentation resources are available to researchers, including ACS reports on geocoding, accuracy, subject definitions, and a handbook on using ACS data for research. In addition, a detailed codebook is available for the ACS 2013 files.

 

2010 Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS)

  • The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of Department of Energy sponsors the MECS to provide detailed data on energy consumption in the manufacturing sector. The MECS provides statistics on the consumption of electricity and other types of fuel. It also provides data on the capability of manufacturers to substitute alternative fuels for those actually consumed, end uses, the extent to which energy-related technologies are being used by manufacturers and other related topics.

Current Population Survey (CPS) 2006-2012 Voting and Registration Supplement

  • The CPS is a monthly labor force survey of about 70,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every other year, after answering the labor force questions, the same households are asked a series of questions (the Voting and Registration Supplement) about the voting behavior of citizens aged 18 and up. Voting and registration data have been collected by the CPS every other year since 1994.

Current Population Survey (CPS) July 2011 to April 2014 (basic) monthly microdata files

  • ​The CPS is a monthly labor force survey of about 70,000 households. The CPS is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States.

2014 Current Population Survey (CPS) March Supplement

  • Otherwise known as the Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement. This addition extends the coverage of this survey in the RDCs from 1967 to 2014. 

National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG) 2010

    The NSCG is a longitudinal biennial survey conducted since the 1970s that provides data on the nation’s college graduates, with particular focus on those in the science and engineering workforce. The survey samples individuals who are living in the United States during the survey reference week, have at least a bachelor’s degree, and are under the age of 76. This survey is a unique source for examining various characteristics of college-educated individuals, including occupation, work activities, salary, the relationship of degree field and occupation, and demographic information.

2011 NCVS Public-Police Contact Survey

  • The Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS) provides detailed information on the characteristics of persons who had some type of contact with police during the year, including those who contacted the police to report a crime or were pulled over in a traffic stop. The PPCS interviews a nationally representative sample of residents age 16 or older as a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. The survey enables Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to examine the perceptions of police behavior and response during these encounters.

2002 National Longitudinal Mortality Study

  • ​The NLMS consists of a database developed for the purpose of studying the effects of demographic and socio-economic characteristics on differentials in U.S. mortality rates. The NLMS is a unique research database in that it is based on a random sample of the non-institutionalized population of the United States. It consists of U.S. Census Bureau data from Current Population Surveys, Annual Social and Economic Supplements and a subset of the 1980 Census combined with death certificate information to identify mortality status and cause of death. The study currently consists of approximately 3.8 million records with over 550,000 identified mortality cases. The content of the socio-economic variables available offers researchers the potential to answer questions on mortality differentials for a variety of important socio-economic and demographic subgroups not covered as extensively in other databases.

 

Congratulations to our graduates!

They each spent countless hours laboring in the lab and have accepted exciting positions across the country and around the globe.

Craig Carpenter: Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor

Aaron Flaaen: Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Economist

Olga Malkova: Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor

Tong Yob Nam: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Economist

Seungjoon Oh: Peking University HSBC Business School, Assistant Professor


CES Dissertation Mentorship Program

The Center for Economic Studies wants to assist doctoral candidates who are actively engaged in dissertation research in economics or a related field using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center. 

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